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Betting Bottom Pair on Flop (UTH)

Posted in collusion, ultimate texas hold'em by stephenhow on June 16, 2010

In Ultimate Texas Hold’Em (UTH), I wondered if it was ever worth checking bottom pair on the flop (basic strategy says to 2x bet), given other player hand info. E.g., if none of the other 5 players paired the board, should you check bottom pair? I ran simulations to compare the value of 2x betting bottom pair, vs. checking on a 6 player table.

2x Bet Bottom Pair vs. Checking With 6 Players
Total table board hits (excluding bottom pair)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
+10% +15% +20% +25% +30% +35% +40%

This shows that even if no one else hits middle or top pair on the board (i.e., players are holding 10 cards that don’t hit middle or top board cards), it’s still worth 10% of the Ante to 2x bet bottom pair on the flop, compared to checking. It was useful to see these results, because it shows the value of the other players hitting the board, as expected. I wasn’t sure about betting bottom pair when everyone else missed, but the simulations show its still a good bet.

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